A buzzing way to help African farms

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An Ilkeston woman is travelling to eastern Africa to help farmers learn how bees can help them produce more food to feed their families.

Caroline Stocks, a freelance journalist, is travelling to Tanzania’s Nou forest to help farming charity Farm Africa do vital work in helping communities learn how to grow more food.

Working with local farmers, she will spend a week building beehives to show them how they can produce honey and improve their livelihood in the Tanzanian forest without chopping down trees.

The aim is for the community, which uses basic tools and often struggles to produce enough food to eat, to learn the skills to improve the way they produce and sell crops.

Once they have enough produce to sell, they can improve their lives by buying tools to farm or build with, clothes for their families and books for their children.

Caroline, who specialises in writing about food, farming and the environment for national newspapers and magazines, has pledged to help raise £50,000 over the next year to help Farm Africa continue its educational work.

She is looking for local companies to donate items which can be auctioned off during a national charity event next year.

Caroline, 32, of Charnos Street, said: “Most of us don’t have to think about where our next meal is coming from and can easily buy something from a supermarket, but for people in Tanzania that isn’t the case.

“They struggle with little infrastructure, education, healthcare or stable weather to grow crops, and have to produce food using the most basic tools and technologies.”